RSS

It’s time for a mystery.

07 Jul

Hooray!  Classic Case of Madness had finished ten novels on the WEM list!

We went on quests, fell in love, and suffered through satire.
We deciphered allegory, cried for social reform, and trembled at gothic.
We believed realism and were transported in time by historical.

For our eleventh book, it’s time to tackle something in a different genre.

A psychological thriller.

A murder mystery.

It’s time to read Crime and Punishment.

Here’s what the back of my Bantam Classics copy says about the story.

A desperate young man plans the perfect crime–the murder of a despicable pawnbroker, an old woman no one loves and whom no one will mourn.  Is it not just, he reasons, for a man of genius to commit such a crime, to transgress moral law–if it will ultimately benefit humanity?

Crime and Punishment takes the reader on a journey into the darkest recesses of the criminal and depraved mind, and exposes the soul of a man possessed by both good and evil… a man who cannot escape his own conscience.

When your friends asked what you did on your summer vacation, you can tell them you went to Russia… with Dostoevsky.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

For each novel Susan Wise Bauer has recommended a best edition.  For most books, we’ve had success reading whatever version we could find.  Remember that we’re frugal girls and part of the joy of this reading quest has been hunting for used copies of the books.

Translated books are a different matter.  Reading a story originally written in Spanish, French, or Russian means trusting the translator to stay true to the author’s text.  In the case of Crime and Punishment, SWB recommends reading The Vintage Classics paperback, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.  She also suggests a Dover Thrift edition translated by Constance Garnett.

For my kindle friends, the free kindle version is the Garnett translation.

Advertisements
 
3 Comments

Posted by on July 7, 2012 in Crime and Punishment, The Blog

 

Tags: , ,

3 responses to “It’s time for a mystery.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: